Austin health leaders hand over COVID-19 Q&A after business directives announced

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Austin health leaders hand over COVID-19 Q&A after business directives announced

Austin-Travis County announces new COVID-19 orders for businesses

As of Thursday, there are 127 people in area-ICUs with COVID-19, 63 people are on a ventilator. Over the last 7 days more than 6,000 people in Austin-Travis County tested positive for the virus, according to Austin’s COVID-19 staging dashboard.

The briefing will be streamed live in this story and on KXAN’s Facebook page. This is a developing story.

Austin’s community transmission rate (CTR), which is the number of people testing positive per 100,000 people, is at 1,233, which is high. That rate is just a hair lower than the CTR for the state of Texas.

Story Highlights

  • The Q&A will take place Friday Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. We expect to hear from Dr. Desmar Walkes, the local health authority, Adrienne Sturrup, the interim director of Austin Public Health and other APH experts.

  • Austin-Travis County is in Stage 5 risk-based guidelines right now, the most restrictive tier. Those guidelines recommend everyone who is out in public wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.